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First Forza Horizon screenshot is slick

But the box art not so much

Microsoft has released the first screenshot for Forza Horizon, along with some so-so box art for the game.

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In development at UK upstart Playground Games, which was formed in 2009 by ex-Codemasters execs Trevor Williams and Nick Wheelwright and staffed with veterans from Black Rock, Bizarre Creations and Slightly Mad, series spin-off Horizon is described as a "fast-paced, pick-up-and-play racing game".

"This is the creative and management team that brought us Colin McRae, DiRT, GRID as well as Toca," Forza 4 director Greenawalt told CVG when the game was first revealed. "Those guys stepped away from Codemasters studio and started their own studio about two years ago.

"At that same time we were looking for a partner to push our vision - gamers as car lovers and car lovers as gamers. We wanted them to embrace this vision but also come up with their own way of executing their own thoughts, so we could expand the house - not just duplicate it."

Have a look at the screen and art and let us know what you think of it.

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